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5 Deep Tight End Sleepers (2022 Fantasy Football)

Jul 6, 2022
Irv Smith Jr.

Let’s take a look at five deep tight end sleeper candidates ahead of the 2022 fantasy football season.

Rankings noted using FantasyPros half-PPR Expert Consensus Rankings (ECR) and Consensus ADP.

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5 Deep Tight End Sleepers

Hayden Hurst (TE – CIN)

Expert Consensus Ranking: TE25
ADP: 190th overall, TE25

It’s hard to find a sleeper on an offense with Joe Mixon, Ja’Marr Chase, Tee Higgins, and Tyler Boyd. And as someone who fell into the Hayden Hurst trap before, I was hesitant to include him on this list. But with so much emphasis placed on stopping Cincinnati’s trio of receivers, maybe Hurst will go unnoticed and put up a better season than expected. Given the potential of Cincinnati’s offense, the starting tight end should probably be ranked higher.

Jelani Woods (TE – IND)

Expert Consensus Ranking: TE42
ADP: 290th overall, TE38

Talk about deep! Woods was the last tight end listed on our ADP Consensus tool. But at 6-foot-7, 259 pounds, he has the size to become a monster if he can grow into his frame. Tight-end production is all about touchdowns these days, and Woods could become a red-zone monster with some refinement. Former basketball player Mo-Alie Cox is his primary threat to playing time.

Evan Engram (TE – JAC)

Expert Consensus Ranking: TE23
ADP: 163rd overall, TE20

Barf. I would’ve passed on the Jaguars, but I didn’t want to disappoint our readers. Engram might be allergic to footballs, but he’s put up fantasy-viable seasons before and lands in a Jaguars offense that will prioritize the tight end under new coach Doug Pederson.

Irv Smith Jr. (TE – MIN)

Expert Consensus Ranking: TE17
ADP: 125th overall, TE14

Smith was one of the most popular sleeper tight ends entering the 2021 season before suffering a season-ending knee injury. Now recovered, Smith seems to be a bit of an afterthought in fantasy circles. This offense runs through Dalvin Cook and Justin Jefferson, but maybe new coach Kevin O’Connell can help Smith reach his potential.

Adam Trautman (TE – NO)

Expert Consensus Ranking: TE26
ADP: 239th overall, TE27

New Orleans is another team that isn’t plush with a deep set of skill players. Chris Olave made a ton of sense for this list, but as the WR50, he’s ranked just a little too high for this exercise. That leads me to Trautman, who still offers intrigue as the starting tight end in New Orleans’ offense.


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